How To Get Out of a Parking Ticket

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Dispute a parking ticket

Not knowing why you’ve been just handed a glaring white ticket can be frustrating, especially if you think you’ve done nothing wrong (as far as parking rules go). It can be a tiring and costly dent in your wallet; but there’s always a small chance of getting out of parking tickets – be it through contesting the ticket, making a company fight for your parking ticket or through an app. We break down some of the best ways to get out of a parking ticket, so that you are always prepared to deal with unfair parking tickets.

1. Contesting your ticket via the legal system

If you really think you didn’t deserve that dreaded parking ticket, you can contest your ticket through mail, in person, or online (if your city provides that service). General guidelines tell us that the first thing you should do is read your parking ticket for mistakes or written typos – all of this is vital for a dismissal. Evidence, as you may have guessed, is an essential part in explaining your case; remember every detail before and after you got ticket to find any evidence you feel might is important in getting you out of it. Try to schedule a hearing within 30 days of the issue of ticket; if that doesn’t work out, head to court and plead your case, but beware if your ticket is not overturned there’s a filing fee.

2. Use mobile apps to fight your way

Some of us are lazy and going to a hearing takes time, effort and energy. If this sounds like you, then you’re in luck; WinIt is an iOS and Android app designed for people just like you. In a few basic steps, you’ll save 50% of your money and get your parking ticket contested with ease. All you have to do is take a snapshot of the ticket and the experts panel at the company contest the ticket for you and alerts you of the outcome. You only have to pay 50% of the fine and that’s only if they win. With most of the burden off your shoulders, it should be a win-win situation for you and WinIt.

3. Save time and money through third party companies

Occasionally, we find ourselves in a bit of a pickle – where we think we’ve done nothing wrong, but the parking law says otherwise and the costs are substantial. TIKD is a startup company that helps you find the most cost effective way pay your traffic tickets, hiring a lawyer or fighting your way through the legal system; however, it is not to be confused with a law firm. It’s simply a company that aids you in finding the cheapest way to get through your tickets. The start-up will refund all the money and your fines if your ticket is not fully dismissed, or in the unfortunate case where points are added to your license.

Tip: Use tools to prevent further tickets

One of the most common reasons for receiving a parking citation is a confusing parking sign. ParkParkGoose turns complex parking rules into simple yes or no answers, allowing you to park in a spot with confidence. Just open the app when you’re parking and it will simplify what that crazy parking sign ACTUALLY means, and how much time you have to park there. The information is constantly updated by loyal users, and extremely up-to-date with current city regulations. Check it out here or download from the App store!

Written by Peter V.
Peter is an L.A.-based designer, blogger and daily commuter. He explores what causes parking to suck in urban environments, how to bring about parking regulation changes, and the latest advancements in parking tech.